Stocking stuffers are easy little presents to pick up throughout the year and yet many of us do the last-minute scramble. This year, be inspired to buy ahead without breaking the budget with these unique holiday gift ideas that are all under $30. Nutcrackers, candles, and even sweet treats like turmeric honey make it easy to fill a stocking or two — and maybe even one for yourself!
Amongst the hecticness of the holidays there’s something so special about laying out a puzzle and watching guests or family members pick away at it piece by piece. This Bauhaus modern art puzzle is the perfect way to hit the pause button and relax.
Encouraging words are always welcome in the kitchen and these oil and vinegar bottles (on shelf, top right) that say “The start of something delicious” are just what we had in mind.
Do you have a die-hard Nespresso fan in your family? Likely. Pop a couple of these limited-edition festive capsules into their stockings and let the thank-yous roll right in.
Made with peppermint essential oils and coffee grounds, this soap is a lifesaver when it comes to ridding your hands of kitchen smells like onion and garlic. (We hear it’s an invigorating addition to your morning shower, too).
Don’t worry, be happy with this luxe trio of Clinique body creams (including their beloved Happy scent, of course). A perfect gift for discerning friends or even yourself!
H&H design editor Lauren Petroff puts jingle bells on her front door to get guests into the holiday spirit. This rustic set from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home line would be perfect hung at the bottom of a staircase, too.
Canadian-made chocolatier Cacao 70 does a really good job of making chocolate bar packaging so pretty you almost don’t want to open it. Almost. (They have chocolate fondues and hot cocoa powders, too).
Jingle this pocket harmonica all the way into your loved one’s stocking. Perfect for kids or music-lovers, it’s good old fashioned fun wrapped up in charming retro packaging.
These all-natural, vegan face masks from Vancouver company SCHMEARnaturals are filled with delicious edible ingredients like pomegranate, coconut oil and acai berry. You’d better just pop them on your face and stick to turkey or tofurky, though.
Jillian Harris’s Mexican rescue pooch, Nacho Cilantro made his way onto The Ellen Show this year thanks to his hilarious Instagram antics, so we’re not surprised an adorable dog collar and bow made their way into her exclusive Etsy collection.
Is there any more Canadian gift than maple syrup? Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas, everyone will love this high-grade sticky stuff from Quebec on their pancakes or Israeli bimuelos.
Small as they are, bud vases make a big statement and only require a single bloom or two. These stoneware ones from EQ3 have a nice organic shape and are neutral enough to blend with any friend or family’s decor.
A favorite of the owners of Toronto boutique, Mjölk, these natural incense are made in Kyoto, Japan. “Surprisingly, Juli and I are both sensitive to scents, but this charcoal-based incense is incredibly subtle and natural. We use it in the store, so it is kind of the Mjölk signature scent,” says John.
Winter is definitely taper candle season and this duo’s drippy dark blue design is sure to be the star of any mantle.
Ever heard of turmeric honey? Us neither, but we love the idea of stirring some into our lattes or even using it in savory dishes like curries. Find other great products like this at Toronto’s
One Of A Kind Show.
These Instagram-friendly softcover photo books from Artifact Uprising make it easy for social media snaps to become physical keepsakes.
Canadian wellness company Saje is known for their covetable essential oils and diffusers worthy of display. Now they’ve released a car diffuser so you can bring your favorite essential oil blend with you wherever you go.
Pair of beautiful earrings or dazzling tree ornaments? It’s hard to tell and that’s why we love these sophisticated ornaments. Tie one onto a gift or stocking for a touch of glimmer.
It’s pretty much a given that hosts will get a bouquet of flowers or two during the dinner-party season. Go one step further and wrap up a pair of durable (and stylish) iron shears with your posies.
This soft hand soap enriched with pine, Vitamin E and shea butter will leave your loved one’s hands moisturized and protected from environmental impurities all winter long.
Believe it or not, Prince Edward County in Ontario is known for more than just great wine. Toss these beautifully packaged dryer balls (made from alpaca fleece, which is gentle on fabrics and contains no perfumes, dyes or chemicals) into your dryer to cut down on dry time and ironing — a bonus for busy times!
Stuff this “pawfect” pompom hat in your pet’s stocking to ensure your pooch stays warm in style during his or her winter walks.
The highly anticipated Goop x CB2 collection landed just in time for the table-setting season. May we suggest these linen napkins with an embroidered bird perched on a pretty blossoming branch for your next brunch?
With guests comes the need for guest towels. Whether you’re popping a pair into a bedroom or bathroom, these waffle linen ones from Montreal’s Maison Tess are a plush pick.
Spray this plant-based sage, geranium and peppermint–scented linen spray on your guests’ pillows for a restful sleep — then pop it in their stocking so they can be reminded of their stay when they return home.
Is a Christmas stocking really complete without a nutcracker, like this sturdily made one by Swissmar? You can practically hear the chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Canadian company Murphy & Jo’s soy candles are hand-poured with love and come in universally-pleasing scents like Fig & Honey, Rosemary & Grapefruit and seasonally-appropriate Firewood, which has a warm and woodsy aroma. Personalize friends’ and family’s stockings with pocket-sized versions of their favorite fragrance.
Reminiscent of chic chinoiserie, this scenic matchbox is the next best thing to a big ginger jar. Gift with a soy candle for a lovely all-in-one present.
What better to liven up a holiday party, or festive family game night than a Christmas-themed trivia game?
For the cocktail aficionado, give them the gift of sipping in style with these copper straws.
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Feature image: Donna Griffith, House & Home December 2015